The EU’s recovery requires the acceleration of the twin green and digital transitions, so that we build a more sustainable and resilient society and economy. Industry is among the key drivers of this dual transition. The report “Industry 5.0” published today recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industrial worker at the centre of the production process.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:
The new concept of Industry 5.0 could not come at a better time. Many European industries are reinventing themselves, adapting to the new COVID reality, increasingly embracing digital and green technologies to remain the solution provider for all Europeans. Now is the time to make workplaces more inclusive, build more resilient supply chains and adopt more sustainable ways of production.
The report describes the main building blocks of the Industry 5.0 approach, lays out the main benefits for workers, as well as for industry itself, and provides a mapping of ongoing and finalised research and innovation projects that are pertinent to Industry 5.0.
Key findings include:
This report marks the beginning of a co-creation process with all relevant stakeholders, including social partners at EU, national, regional and local level to provide a course of action to make a sustainable, resilient and human-centric industry- industry 5.0 a reality.